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Flatau, Alison B.

Flatau, Alison B.

Department Chair
Aerospace Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
3188 Glenn L. Martin



  • B.S., University of Connecticut (Chemical Engineering)
  • M.S., University of Utah (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Ph.D., University of Utah (Mechanical Engineering)




Institutional Services

  • Organized CAREER proposal writing workshop ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Director of Aerospace Undergraduate programs ENGR-Aerospace Engineering
  • Director of Aerospace Honors program ENGR-Aerospace Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor for student AIAA organization ENGR-Aerospace Engineering
  • Chair of undergraduate program faculty committee ENGR-Aerospace Engineering
  • Member new faculty search committee ENGR-Mechanical Engineering


Active flow control, sensor and actuator design, magnetostrictive materials, material characterization, smart fabrics and textiles, vibrations and acoustics 

Baeder Named Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professor in Rotorcraft

The professorship supports enhanced research specialization in areas related to rotorcraft.

Alumna Rose Weinstein Receives NASA Early Career Achievement Medal

Award recognizes her contributions to NASA Langley’s flight vehicle dynamics research and digital transformation activities.

UMD Aerospace Gets VR Flight Simulators

Augmented reality, haptics combine to create immersive aviation experiences.

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Pauline Annen

Aerospace Engineering alumna Pauline Annen (M.S., ’12) has built a successful career in corporate aviation as both a pilot and engineer.

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Alison Flatau

Department of Aerospace Engineering Chair Alison Flatau shares some of her aerospace engineering journey.

UMD’s Chopra: A Driving Force in Rotorcraft Engineering

AIAA honors longtime professor for seminal schievements.

Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Aerospace Engineers: Jose Mondragon

As a kid, Jose Mondragon was fascinated by “awesome, out-of-this-world” technology, Today he helps engineer it.

Flatau Named UMD AE Chair

Alison Flatau has been named the new chair of aerospace engineering at UMD.

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Elaine Petro

Inspired by NASA rocket launches as a child, Petro now directs Cornell’s ASTRA Lab.

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Kim Westbrook

Inspired by space exploration since childhood, Westbrook is now an engineer with the Europa Clipper mission.

Congratulations to the 2020 Aerospace Engineering Honors Class

Students complete final presentations to earn “Honors Citation.”

Aerospace Engineering Students Win at AIAA YPSE Conference

Undergraduate and graduate students take top spots at AIAA’s Region 1 Young Professionals, Students, and Educators Conference.

Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics Celebrates Five Years

Student organization celebrates five years of accomplishments during 2019 WIAA Night.

John Baras to receive 2018 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award

Baras honored for his technical contributions and commercialization leadership of Internet over satellite, hybrid satellites, and terrestrial networks.

Flatau Named Distinguished Lecturer

IEEE Magnetics Society Names Flatau 2018 Distinguished Lecturer

Alumni Frontin and Stebbins Awarded NASA Fellowships

Two B.S. 2014 UMD aerospace engineering alums, Cory Frontin and Spencer Stebbins, receive NASA fellowships.

Hubbard Named SPIE 2016 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Aerospace Engineering Professor recognized for contributions to the field of smart structures and materials.

Aerospace Engineering Students Win at 2015 AIAA YPSE Conference

Aerospace Engineering grad students Shrestha and Geerts place first and second at 2015 AIAA YPSE Region 1 competition.

Flatau Promoted to AIAA Fellow

Professor Alison Flatau promoted to Fellow for years of AIAA service and academic and research excellence.

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference

UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference.

Lauren Trollinger Awarded a WIA Foundation—AIAA Digital Avionics Scholarship

Senior Lauren Trollinger awarded a Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation—American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Digital Avionics Scholarship.

Weinstein Named Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholar

Aerospace Engineering Student Rose Weinstein Receives a LARSS internship.

Aerospace Engineering Faculty Honored at University Celebration of Scholarship and Research

15 Aerospace Engineering faculty were recognized for their research and scholarly achievements.

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon

15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts.

Becnel Awarded Inaugural Alex Brown Leadership Award

Aerospace Engineering grad student Andrew Becnel to receive Alex Brown Leadership Award.

Flatau is PI for NSF grant on rare-earth-free auxetic and magnetostrictive materials

Research will further performance capabilities of costly single-crystal alloys in low-cost polycrystalline alloys.

Flatau is PI for NSF EAGER grant for glaucoma research

Research will provide data for whether glaucoma patients who do not sleep lying down are at a greater risk for vision loss.

Tauros Engineering Wins Harvard New Venture Competition

U-Md. startup Tauros Engineering wins top spot in 17th annual Harvard New Venture Completion

Clark School Faculty Recognized at UMD Invention of the Year Awards

26th annual awards ceremony honors most promising campus inventions.

Flatau Awarded ASME Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Prize

Clark School Associate Dean of Research honored for scholarship and engineering excellence

AE Faculty Honored at Research Leaders Luncheon

10 AE Faculty Represent Department at Research Leaders Luncheon

Two Aero Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Grivel and Jones, Graduating Seniors, Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Changing the Odds

New NSF-funded UM program seeks to advance women faculty in science, engineering.

Dr. Flatau Among Women in Aerospace 2010 Award Recipients

Dr. Flatau Receives Aerospace Educator Award

Leishman, Schaler Named Goldwater Scholars

Aerospace, mechanical engineering students receive premier award for undergraduates.

Dr. Alison Flatau to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Alison Flatau to Receive Major Award at 2010 SPIE Symposium

Flatau Appointed Interim Associate Dean of Research

Dr. Alison Flatau Appointed Interim Associate Dean of Research

Two Aero Faculty Selected as Associate AIAA Fellows

AIAA Membership Upgrades for Flatau and Sedwick

Dr. Flatau Receives Faculty Service Award

Dr. Flatau is the 2009 recipient of the Clark School Faculty Service Award

Two Seniors Receive Anderson Scholarship

The John D. Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering Awarded to McNerney & Woodside.

Datta receives AIAA Foundation Award

Supratik Datta receives AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Award

AIAA Awards Received by Clark School Alumnus, Students

International and local AIAA organizations announce awards

L’Oreal Fellowship Presented to Ugrina

L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science Awarded to Alumna

Datta earns three awards in the Spring 2008

Aerospace graduate student, Datta is honored with three awards

University Honors Names Levashov as a Best Paper

Levashov's Hardware Study Named by Honors Program as a Best Paper

Inaugural Anderson Scholarship Awarded to Kirk

Madeline Kirk announced as first recipient of Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering

Conference Yields Top Awards for Aerospace Undergraduates

Aerospace Students Sweep Undergraduate Category at AIAA Regional Conference

Anderson Scholarship Competition Announced

Anderson Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering 'Call for Papers' Announced

AIAA's YPSE-07 Conference Results

Aerospace Graduate and Undergraduate students take home awards.

Flatau is elected as ASME Fellow

Dr. Flatau is elected as a Fellow of ASME

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)